Exhibit: James Gehrt: 'The Weight of Air'
September 13—October 6, 2016, Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri 1:00 pm-6:00 pm
September 11—October 2, 2016, Sundays 2:00 pm-5:00 pm
UMass Amherst Campus
James Gehrt is a fine art photographer and imaging specialist residing in Western Massachusetts. After receiving his BFA in photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 1991, his career began by assisting and printing for commercial and fine art photographers. Gehrt established a reputation for excellent print quality and technical proficiency which lead him to the position as the Lab Manager at the Chicago Albumen Works, in Housatonic Massachusetts.
In 2007 Gehrt began as the Digitization Coordinator at the Mount Holyoke College Library. He has been awarded a 2009 and 2010 NITLE Technology Fellow, concentrating on new digitization technologies. His workshops in digitization best practices have been taught at the New England Archivists annual conference, Simmons College Continuing Education, NITLE, and the METRO Library Group in New York City.In 2014, Gehrt received his MLIS from Simmons College. He was honored with the Dr. Esstelle Jussim award in Photographic Studies. Gehrt was selected as Digital Project Lead at Mount Holyoke College in 2015.
Through it all Gehrt continues to carry a camera with him wherever he goes. Building a collection of thousands of images from everyday life that document the objects and locations he visits. Gehrt has produced seven self-published titles over the past eight years. This past summer his book "Source" was acquired by the Smith College, Mortimer Rare Book Room.